SOURCE: Vontu

October 01, 2007 08:00 ET

Vontu Extends Data Loss Prevention Leadership to Date in 2007

DLP Leader Achieves Significant Milestones in Customer Acquisition, Product Innovation and Company Growth

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - October 1, 2007) - Vontu, Inc. today announced that it has extended its leadership position in the growing market for Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solutions, as measured by customer acquisition, product innovation, strategic partnerships, company growth and industry recognition. Vontu continued to demonstrate strong sales execution in 2007 to date, achieving unprecedented sales growth and outperforming all of its closest competitors, including both private and public companies.

The company's financial performance and rapid customer adoption was based on its innovative DLP products that protect and prevent the loss of confidential data wherever it is stored or used. Vontu solutions enable business and government to safeguard personally identifiable information (PII), intellectual property, and other sensitive data.

"Vontu's performance to date in 2007 validates our ongoing commitment to lead the industry in helping organizations prevent the loss of their confidential data," said Vontu CEO Joseph Ansanelli. "Protecting sensitive data is a very complex problem, and that is why so many companies are turning to Vontu. With our track record of continuous innovation and strong domain expertise, we are on pace to achieve another record-breaking year in 2007."

Costly data breaches now make headlines on a daily basis, creating more and more pressure on corporations to secure sensitive data. As a result, DLP is now the top priority for IT security, and Vontu has emerged as the clear leader in this rapidly growing market. An alarming 62 percent of U.S. consumers polled have been notified that their confidential data was lost, according to the 2007 Consumer Survey on Data Security from Vontu and the Ponemon Institute. Customer data protection remains the top priority for IT Security, with 56 percent of CISOs rating it as their primary concern in a recent Merrill Lynch survey of 50 top North American CISOs. The June 2007 survey also found that data loss prevention remains the most promising category of new security technology, increasing its response rate to 48 percent from 36 percent in March.

Market Leadership

Vontu is the single most trusted vendor for addressing the problem of data loss. By an order of magnitude, Vontu leads all DLP vendors in mindshare, leading by wide margins for both "in use" and "in pilot/evaluation," according to a new survey by TheInfoPro of 150 information security professionals at Fortune 1000 companies.

Vontu currently maintains approximately 60 percent market share, as well as by far the greatest number of enterprise-wide, multi-product DLP deployments. In the first three quarters of 2007, Vontu has won more than 70 percent of its competitive sales engagements. One key to customer success is the Vontu solution's proven ability to scale well beyond the limits of competing products, resulting in more large enterprise deployments than all other vendors combined. Vontu deployments now protect the data of more than four million employees, including 14 deployments of more than 100,000 employees. Small and medium-size companies also deployed Vontu software in record numbers.

The company's customer installed base has increased significantly since the end of 2006, across industries including financial services, insurance, high technology, retail, telecommunications, manufacturing, media, and healthcare, as well as government agencies. New Vontu customers so far in 2007 include CIGNA, The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, Esurance, Palomar Pomerado Healthcare, and U.S. Enrichment Corporation.

Vontu customers now include:

--  One in five Fortune 100 companies
--  8 of the top 11 commercial and investment banks
--  6 of the top 10 insurance companies
--  5 of the top 8 credit card and reporting companies
--  7 top manufacturing companies
--  10 top technology companies
--  12 top retail brands
--  14 top public sector organizations
--  3 of the top 10 healthcare companies
    

"Protecting our intellectual property and our customers' confidential information is critical to our ability to remain competitive in today's global business environment," said David Vordick, CIO, U.S. Enrichment Corporation. "Vontu enables us to discover where all of our sensitive data is going, meet regulatory compliance objectives, protect critical assets and maintain quality customer service."

Product Leadership

The release of Vontu 7, which became generally available in March 2007, proved to be game-changing for the security software industry by setting a new standard for integrated data loss prevention technology. The Vontu 7 software suite provides new capabilities for content-aware endpoint monitoring, PCI compliance support, Asian language detection, and data-at-rest discovery. Customers continue to cite Vontu's history of innovation and market leadership, overall ease of use, and its position as the only integrated data loss prevention suite as key drivers for selecting Vontu.

Vontu has led the evolution of the market from network monitoring to network prevention to data discovery solutions.

--  More than 57 percent of all Vontu customers have licensed Vontu
    Network Prevent.
--  More than 53 percent of Vontu customers have licensed Vontu Network
    Discover.
--  Since its introduction in March, Vontu Endpoint Monitor has delivered
    immediate benefits to Vontu customers concerned about data copied to USB
    devices.
    

In a separate announcement today, Vontu announced the next release of its data loss prevention software suite, Vontu DLP 8. Vontu DLP 8 introduces the industry's first Endpoint DLP products with the ability to both scan local systems for confidential data and block users from inappropriately copying or sending such data off endpoints. Further extending the company's product leadership, Vontu DLP 8 also provides the industry's most comprehensive, scalable data discovery solution.

Vontu has received recognition for company strategy and product excellence in 2007 from the following industry experts:

-- Vontu was positioned in the “leaders” quadrant in the Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Content Monitoring and Filtering and Data Loss Prevention,” published in April 2007.

-- Vontu received the 2007 Technology of the Year Award for Best Data Leak Prevention technology from IDG's InfoWorld.

-- Vontu received an “Excellent” rating for full functionality and scalability in an InfoWorld product review published in September 2007.


Industry Alliances

In June 2007, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and Vontu formed a strategic alliance to help enterprise clients detect and prevent the loss of confidential information. The alliance, the first of its kind between a major professional services firm and a DLP provider, signified the growth and maturity of the data loss prevention marketplace. Through the alliance, PwC provides professional services to help clients assess and minimize their risk of data loss and demonstrate compliance with data security and privacy regulations. PwC clients now have the option of performing an automated data loss risk assessment using the Vontu product suite.

In 2007, Vontu expanded its sales channel partner program to facilitate adoption of its DLP solutions in new markets throughout North America and the United Kingdom. The Vontu channel partner program, which offers professional training and field support now includes 33 VARs, an increase of more than 50 percent since December 2006.

Vontu also leveraged technology partnerships including certified technical integration with security software vendors Blue Coat, ArcSight and PGP, providing customers with integrated solutions for comprehensive data loss protection. In the first three quarters of 2007, deals influenced by Vontu technology partners contributed more than 21 percent of total bookings.

About Vontu

Vontu is the leading provider of Data Loss Prevention solutions that combine endpoint and network-based technology to accurately detect and automatically protect confidential data wherever it is stored or used. By reducing the risk of data loss, Vontu helps organizations ensure public confidence, demonstrate compliance and maintain competitive advantage. Vontu customers include many of the world's largest and most data-driven enterprises and government agencies. Vontu has received numerous awards, including IDG's InfoWorld 2007 Technology of the Year Award for "Best Data Leak Prevention," as well as SC Magazine's 2006 U.S. Excellence Award for "Best Enterprise Security Solution" and Global Award for "Best New Security Solution." For more information, please visit www.vontu.com.

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